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Charles Jeffrey Gray intended to join the army but changed his mind when a recruiting officer suggested the RAF. Following pilot training in the United States, he won the Distinguished Flying Medal and completed a tour of 30 missions over occupied Europe in command of a Lancaster bomber. After the war he joined BOAC and flew the Avro York, Handley Page Hermes, Boeing Stratocruiser, de Havilland Comet and Vickers VC10 on which he became an instructor and examiner. Upon retiring from British Airways, he joined the nascent Gulf Air as a senior pilot and instructor on the VC10 and, later, the TriStar.
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